IV. War Discourse versus Peace Discourse

This lesson discusses the preconditions for transforming discourse in a constructive way. It argues that to overcome the internal logic of conflict it is essential to change media approaches to conflict. For this reason, the differences between war and peace discourses are emphasized. To conclude, the section makes suggestions for how a constructive approach to journalism can transform war discourse into peace discourse.


The aim of this learning activity is to demonstrate that perceptual distortions arise in the social construction of reality and are therefore hard to transform. However, you will learn how peace journalism can open social discourse to cooperative solutions.